Sunday, April 22, 2018

3 dating official kan DPWH Bicol, kinasohan sa Sandiganbayan


MANILA -Tulong dating official kan DPWH Regional Office sa Bicol an sinangatan nin casong pagbalga sa Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act huli sa sahot na maanomaliyang contrata sa pagpa-arkila kan mga vehiculo kan department.

An mga kinasohan kan Office of the Ombudsman iyo sinda dating DPWN Regional Director Eleno Colinares Jr., district engineer Gilbert Olfinco asin treasurer Teresita Demabasa.

An casong isinagat contra sainda sa Sandiganbayan iyo an pagbalga kan Sec 3 (e) kan RA 3019, o an Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

An kaso ipig sunad sa Sandiganbayan kan Abril 6, 2018.

Si Lioson Cime an pinangaranan na respondent sa casong ini.

Segun sa akusasyon sainda kan graft investigation and prosecution officer na si Maricel Quilates, an mga dating DPWH officials naglaog sa contrata ki Cribe poon kan Marso 1999 hasta Abril 2002, sa kantidad na P899,178.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador kan Ombudsman an nasambit na contrata dai awtorisado kan DPWH asin mayo nin budget appropriation.

An Ombudsman nag rekomendar nin fianza na kantidad P30,000 an kada saro sainda.
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Nan-siko nin pulis sa check point, binitbit sa presinto


SORSOGON CITY – An empleado kan sarong hospital digdi an pwedeng mag atubang nin casong Direct Assault asin disobedience upon a person in Authority, pakatapos na sikohon niya an pulis na nadistino sa check point, digdi.
Sabi sa report, si Aldin Caubang, pinara kan mga pulis mantang sa lindong kan Oplan Sita, na parte kan security measures na ginigibo sa lugar.

An incidente nangyari sa Barangay Salog, mantang an imbueltong mga awtoridad distino sa Precint No. 2.

Base sa report, kan pinara si Caubang para sa regular na ginigibong pag inspection sa mga nag-aaging vehiculo, dai siya naka presentar kan papeles kan itom na motorsiklo na saiyang pig mamaneho na mayo nin plaka.

Maisog na naki suway si Caubang, nagsayuma na magpaheling nin maski anong pwedeng pagkabistohan saiya, asin agresibo pang siniko si PO2 Annabelie Constante, na tinamaan saiyang toong takyag.

Nin huli sa pakisuway sa mga pulis, binitbit lugod siya sa hepatura kan pulis tangani na imbestigaran asin sangatan nin magkakanigong asunto criminal.
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Pulis, gadan sa aksidente



NAGA CITY – Mayo na nin buhay kan makaabot sa hospital si PO1 Jhun Jhun Pastorco, 29 anyos, na biktima nin aksidente sa Gov. J. T. Fuentebella highway sa Barangay Ayugan, Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

Si PO1 Pastorco nakalunad sa motorsiklo na nakabudal sa truck na naka pondo sa tahaw kan tinampo, pakatapos na mag abereya an makina.

Sabi kan imbestigador, posibleng dai narisa kan biktima an truck na pig mamaneho ni Roberto Hermogenes ta mayo nin early warning device sa likodan kan raot na vehiculo.

Pag abot sa hospital sa Naga City, ipig declarar kan hospital na dead on arrival an nadisgraciang pulis.

Pugol kan mga awtoridad an driver kan raot na truck, mientras na pighahalat an pag sangat sa saiya nin kaso.
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“Shabu” kantidad P300,000.00 nadakop sa Naga City



NAGA CITY 4/21/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) – An mayong hotahot na kampanya kan mga miembros kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa Camarines Sur na pinamayohan ni Agent Vidal DC Bacolod an nakadakop na naman nin saro pang pusikit na paratinda nin druga kasubagong aga, Abril 21.

Si Ronald Patasin y Besmonte, dai naka palag sa mga tawohan kan PDEA sa tabang kan mga pulis na nagsakyada sa saindang lugar sa Zone 1, sa Barangay Triangulo digdi.

An shabu na nadakop hale ki Patasin nasa laog kan sarong silag na plastic bag, na carculadong may gabat na 50 gramos.

Kun ipapabakal nin tingi-tingi, pwedeng aboton na P300,000.00 an kantidad kaini.

Afuera kan sarong bulto nin shabu, narecover pa kan mga awtoridad an cuarta na ginamit bilang buy bust money hale sa poder kan suspechado.

Si Patasin saro sa mga supplier nin shabu digdi na haloy nang pig susunod kan mga ahentes kan PDEA.

Pig pepreparar na ngonian an magkakanigong kaso na isasangat contra sa saiya.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Gustong mag kapitan, ginadan sa Paracale, CNorte



DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Nagkapirang anggulo an pig aadalan kan pulis sa pag badil ki Jezaril Mirandilla, 57, barangay kagawad kan Tugos, Paracale, Camarines Norte na ginadan kan dai nabistong mga tawo na nakalundad sa motorsiklo.

Sabi sa report, si Mirandilla, aspirante sa cargong Punong Barangay kan saindang lugar sa maabot na election sa Mayo 14.

Si P/Sr.Insp. Angelan Gulapan, hefe kan pulis sa Paracale nagpahayag na hararom an ginigibo nindang pag-siyasat kan krimen, mantang pwedeng may koneksyon na ini sa nagdadangadang na eleksyon, o pwedeng mayo man.

An sabi pa sa report, determinado an mga criminal na todason talaga an biktima, mantang an tinarget iyo mismo an saiyang payo, na mayo lamang nin buhayan.

May sinasabi pa sa report, na an biktima nag-estorya sa saiyang aki na igwa siya nin narecibeng huma sa buhay hale sa dai bistong tawo.

Afuera kan issue sa politica, an mga awtoridad nagtitipon pa nin ibang prueba tanganing maaraman an mga para gadan.
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LTFRB Bicol Director Jun Abrazaldo, mababa na sa pwesto ngonyan na aldaw


ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City (Bicol Standard) – Nakatalaan na magbaba na sa saiyang pwesto ngonyan na aldaw, Abril 20, 2018, si Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board o LTFRB Regional Director Jun Abrazaldo matapos pormal ng pasalidahan ini kan saindang hepe na si Marvin Delgra.

Katakod kaini, sarung simpleng seremonya an nakatalaan na gibuhon ngonyan na aldaw para sa turn over kan position kun saen piglalauman na aatindiran kan mismong LTFRB Chief.

Katukal ni Abrazaldo iyo si retired Colonel Vladimir Cahulugan.

Inihayag ni Abrazaldo na dai siyang magiginibo kung ini an kagustuhan kan saiyang mas halangkaw na opisyal, alagad, tinawang doon na kontra siya sa nangyaring pagsalida sa saiya huli ta dai ini uminagi sa tamang proseso asin saro sana soboot ining pangha-harass sa saiya.

Sa saiyang paghampang sa media, pinahiling pa kaini an saiyang mga akomplisyementos asin hinagyat pa si Delgra na sabay sindang magdimitir sa pwesto.

Nangapudan man ini ki Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na pa-imbestigaran an Chairman kan LTFRB sa soboot salang mga gawi gawi kaini.

Sinabi ni Abrazaldo na igwa siyang mga ebidensiya na magpapatunay na igwang mga kalokohan na pigigibo an sinambitan ng opisyal.

Mientrastanto, piglinaw ni Abrazaldo na dai siya tinanggal, sinuspinder o kinasuhan kundi sinalidahan sana siya bilang pamayo kan LTFRB Bicol.

Pangapudan kaini sa bagong masangling Regional Director na ipadagos an mga magagayon na programa asin proyekto kan LTFRB para sa kapakanan kan mga Bicolano.

Kun babalikan, tulong aldaw an nakalilihis kan marisibi ni Abrazaldo an surat hali sa LTFRB CHief na nagsusugo sa saiyang bakantehon na an posisyon. Dae pa man naghahaloy kan magpaluwas nin 90 days preventive suspension an DOTr sa hearing Officer kan LTFRB Bicol na si Atty. Mary Jil Carurel huli sa reklamong isinangat ni Abrazaldo.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

High Value target sa Drugs, pinosasan sa Sorsogon



SORSOGON CITY 4/18/18 (BICOL STANDARD) Nahulog man guiraray sa kamot kan mga pulis an lider kan grupo na nagtitinda nin droga digdi, por medyo kan ginibong buy-bust operation.

Magkatuwang an mga miembros kan Philippine National Police (PNP) asin an Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa Sorsogon, rinamalan tulos an 34 anyos na si Robert Tapalla Galing a.k.a Galing, na iyo an ipig tutukdo na lider kan Galing Drug Group na haloy nang nag ooperar digdi.

Si Galing residente kan Barangay Polvorista, sa Ciudad na ini.

An mga miembros kan PDEA asin pulis sa Sorsogon nagsabi na si Galing kabale sa listahan kan PNP na consideradong High Value Target (HVT) na imbuelto sa pagbariwas nin droga.

Sa nasambit na operasyon, an mga awtoridad nakakua nin 13ng pidaso nin sachet na pig tutubodan na shabu, duwang cellphone, sarong calibre 45 (pellet gund) na may cargang magazine asin an motorsiklo na ginagamit kan suspect.

Afuera kan ipig titinda kaining sarong sachet nin shabu sa poseur buyer, narecover man an kantidad P500.00 na cuarta, na ginamit bilang buy bust money.

Pig hahanda na an pag plantear nin mga caso contra ki Galing sa pagbalga kan Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2012 asin Republic Act No.10591, o an Omnibus Election Code, nin huli sa badil na nakua hale sa suspechado.
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Cash grants sa 4Ps maabot sa Abril 24



LEGAZPI CITY 4/18/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) – Nagpaliwanag si Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia na sa Abril 24, 2018, mapoon sinda kan pagtao kan Cash Assistance sa 260,000 na mga miembros kan 4Ps.

Kabale digdi an para sa mga miembros kan Indigenous Peoples sa lindong kan Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program (MCCT) asin mga mayo nin LBP cash cards na nakaka recibe man nin grant sa paagui kan over the counter pay out.

An dating schedule sa pagtao kan sinambit na beneficio kan Abril 17, 2018.

Alagad, sabi kan DSWD Bicol, an Land Bank of the Philippines naghagad nin 7ng aldaw na extension para mai-download ninda an fundo sa mga partner conduits na iyo an may obligasyon sa directing pag release kan cash frants, kaya naabala.

Naghagad nin pag-intiende si Garcia sa mga beneficiary, pero pig asigurar liwat niya na securadong marerecibe ninda an tabang na cash.

Siring man, pig seguro ni Director Garcia sa gabos na beneficiaryo na na makakaabot sa sainda an assistencia para sa bulan na Enero, ngonian na taon.

Kabale sa mga beneficio iyo an educational grants, health assistance, rice subsidy, asin an assistencia para sa Unconditional Cash Transfer Program (UCT) para sa bilog na taon.
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Mga OFWS sa Legazpi City, mareresibe na an Mayon assistance sa masunod na semana – OWWA Bicol


ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Puon sa Lunes, Abril 23, sagkod Miyerkules, Abril 25, pwede ng makua kan mga OFW sa Legazpi City, active man o inactive, an saindang mga asistensiya hali sa OWWA Bicol dara kan pag alburuto kan bulkang mayon.

Sa intrivista kan zoom radio news kay ms Rowena Alzaga, an communication officer kan OWWA, gigibuhon an distribusyon sa Albay Astrodome puon alas 8:00 nin aga sagkod alas 5:00 nin hapon.

Sa Legazpi City, may sobra singko mil na ofw an mabebenipisyaran kan tabang na ini kan Owwa.

Segun kay Alzaga, 3,000 an mareresibi kan mga aktibo mantang 1,500 man an bako aktibo.

Tinawang doon kan opisyal na su mga dating natawan nin priority numbers an dapat enot na magduman sa Monday mantang sa presente padagos pang nanao an saindang opisina.

Nakihuron si Alzaga sa ibang ifw sa ibang lugar na dae na muna magpasiring sa nasambit na petsa dahil para sa mga taga legazpi muna ini.

An ibang mga dae pa natatawan an iiskedyul na sana.

Sa kabilugan, sobra 23,000 na inactive asin active OFWs an nasa listahan kan OWWA na tatawan nin asistensiya gikan sa 6 munisipyo asin 3 siyudad na naapektaran kan pagtuga kan bulkan.

Sa bilang na ini, sobra 10,000 na an natawan.

Naghagad dispensa si Alzaga sa delay kan pag release sa Legazpi dahil talagang pina octava an dating schedule sa ICR dahil ta naging masamok suboot su mga tawo.

Ngonyan, sisikapon suboot ninda na mapakaray an distribusyon.

Nilinaw ni Alzaga na sa kada Aldaw abuton sa haros 500 sana an pwede ninda masirbihan kun kaya posibleng maging atrasado liwat an distribusyon.

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DENR Bicol, nagpatanid laban sa pagpako nin mga campaign material sa mga kakahuyan


ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City (Bicol Standard) - Higot an patanid ngonyan kan DENR Bicol sa mga makandidato sa Baranggay asin SK election na ibitaran an pagpako kan mga tarpaulins o ano pa man na campaign materials sa mga kahoy partikular sa gilid kan tinampo.

Segun kay Regional Executive Director Oscar C. Dominguez , may kakahampangon na penalidad na multa o pagkakakulong ang sisay man na mapapatunayang mag balgar.

Tinawan doon kan opisyal na nakakaraot nin puon nin kahoy an pagpako digdi.

Nin huli kaya sa lugad na sinapar kan kahoy, piglalaog ini kan mikrobyo sagkod na malapa na pwedeng magresulta sa pagkagadan kaini.

Nakihuron man an Director sa mga namamanwaan na i-osep sa sainda, sa COMELEC o iba pang law enforcement agencies an manunutarang nagbabayular.

Pwede man suboot na videohan o kuanan nin ladawan an mga may gibo kaini.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Duterte witnesses signing of pact to help teachers settle loans


By Jelly Musico

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday witnessed the signing of an agreement that would help hundreds of thousands of teachers and non-teaching personnel free themselves from burden of loans and over-borrowing.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA), which stipulates that teachers and other DepEd personnel can apply for loans under the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan to DepEd Personnel (GFAL) to facilitate the payment of their loans from private lending institutions (PLIs).

“We don’t want DepEd employees to sink deep into debt, so we have proposed a better way for them to manage their finances,” GSIS President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas said.

Aranas said having several loans have weakened the capability of teachers and DepEd personnel to pay their monthly GSIS premiums and contributions.

“Payment of their GSIS premiums and loans usually take a back seat. If the practice continues, their future GSIS benefits are bound to suffer,” he said.

Under GFAL, the qualified members’ existing loans with private lending institutions (PLIs) will be refinanced by GSIS with 6 percent per annum interest rate and a longer loan term of up to six years.

Qualified members may borrow up to PHP500,000, provided that their take-home pay will not go lower than PHP5,000.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones emphasized that the GFAL is voluntary, giving teachers and non-teaching personnel of DepEd the option to get out of indebtedness with PLIs.

She said the GFAL would also ensure the preservation of the benefits of the teachers and other personnel in the GSIS.

The project reinforces the issuance of DepEd Order No. 38 in July last year, reiterating the instruction to prioritize premium and loan payments for GSIS.

If a private lender has filed a case against GSIS members for nonpayment of obligations after GSIS loan payments have been prioritized by virtue of DO 38, such members are still eligible to apply for GFAL. (PNA)

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Bicol scores Palaro's first gold

Region V's Lheslie Delima (170) clocked 10:06.54 in the girls' 3000-meter run and captured gold while Camila Tubiano of Region X clocked 10:07.07 for silver at the Palarong Pambansa held at the Quirino Stadium in Ilocos Sur on Monday (April 16, 2018). (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno

BANTAY, Ilocos Sur -- A Bicolana got the privilege of winning the first gold medal in the Palarong Pambansa 2018 at the Quirino Stadium here on Monday.

Lheslie De Lima took the top spot in the 3,000-meter steeple chase after beating Camila Tubiano of Northern Mindanao in a close race.

De Lima maintained her stride in the final 100 meters to edge Tubiano by just nearly a half-second. De Lima came in at 10:06.54, while Tubiano stepped on the finish line at 10:07.02.

Grace Tejones of Western Visayas took the bronze with the time of 10:52.99.

On the other hand, Ann Quitoy of Western Visayas did not only dethrone Sylvian Abunda as the secondary girls javelin throw champ but also shattered her old record in style.

Quitoy's throw went 45.72 meters, way longer than the previous record of 42.85 set by Abunda last year in Antique.

Abunda, representing Northern Mindanao, was actually far from her gold medalist self this time as her throw was only good for 41.28 meters, still enough to capture the silver.

Soccsksargen's Marizel Buer took the bronze with a throw of 39.44 meters. (PNA)
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Negosyanteng Indian national sa Legazpi City, nabiktima kan akyat bahay


ni Vince Villar

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Kantidad P82,000 na mga gamit asin alahas an nalalay kan mga dae nabistong akyat bahay sa sarung negosyanteng Indian national sa siyudad nin Legazpi kan kasuudmang mag agahon, Domingo, Abril 15, 2018.

Sa report na ipinaapbot kan Legazpi City Police Station, binisto an biktima na si Raj Taranchand y Mirchamal, 50 anyos, may agom, Indian national na ngonyan saru nang naturalized Filipino citizen, may sadiri kan Bombay Silk Store, residente kan Sunrise Subdivision, Brgy. 40, Cruzada, Legazpi City.  

Sa pag iimbestigar kan pulisya, enot na binalo suboot kan mga mahabas na rauton an window grills kan harong kan biktima sa paagi kan tubo alagad dae nagtrayumpo.

Nakaswerteng makalaog an mga mahabas kan mawalat kan biktima na bukas palan an pintuan kan saindang kusina.
Kan makalaog, kinua an  sarung unit kan fuschia Asus laptop na nagkakantidad P25,000.00, sarung unit nin "Apple" iPod na kantidad P25,000.00, sarung unit nin  gold/platinum Samsung 7S cellular phone na kantidad P25,000.00 na nakapatong sana sa ibabaw kan saindang dining table asin P7,000.00 na cash na yaon sa shoulder bag na winalat sa saindang living room. 

Padagos pa ngonyan an imbestigasyon kan pulisya ngani maaraman kun sisay an mga responsable sa insidente.
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Buyong na construction worker sa Albay, nahulog sa higdaan, gadan


ni Vince Villar

Malinao, Albay - Gadan an sarung Construction worker matapos na mahulog sa pigtuturugan na double deck sa saindang apartment sa Malinao, Albay, dara naman kan matinding kabuyungan.

Sa impormasyon na ipinaabot kan Malinao Municipal Police Station, binisto an biktima na si Jose Diche Dioquino, 28 anyos, soltero, laborer sa pinapagibong dike sa Brgy. Bagumbayan, Malinao, reasidente kan Brgy. San Juan, Bacon, Sorsogon, alagad para miyentras na nagrerenta sa harong kan sarung nangngangarang tito Buban sa nasabing barangay.

Nadiskubre an bangkay kaini kan saiyang katrabaho bandang alas 5:45 nin aga kasuudma, Domingo, Abril.

Sinasabi sa pag iimbestigar na sobrang nabuyong an biktima dara kan irinuman ninda kan Sabadong banggi.

Sinasabing binantayan maray ini kan saiyang mga pag iriba, alagad, bandang alas 2:00 nin maaga, naglipat suboot ini sa itaas kan double deck na higdaan sa 2nd floor kan harong.

Dahil ta wara man nin ulang an double deck, nahulog ining enot an payo sa semento diretso sa hagdanan.

Nagtutubod an pulisya na wara man nin foulplay sa nangyari alagad dinara pa man liwat ini sa sarung funeral parlor sa Bacacay, Albay ngani maipa otopsiya.
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DepEd moves to provide internet connectivity, e-classrooms in schools


As part of its commitment to continuously improve the teaching and learning processes for the benefit of the Filipino learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) shared its plans to provide every school in the country with internet connectivity.

Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua highlighted the importance of maximizing the use of available technologies in the classroom during a recent press conference held at Juan Sumulong High School in Quezon City.

“We are eyeing the implementation of the DepEd Internet Connectivity Program which will be first implemented in five pilot regions. We have allotted P1 billion fund for the said program and we’ll be trying all platforms and devices to deliver internet connectivity to schools such as broadband, satellite, etc” Usec Pascua stated.

The Undersecretary further mentioned the initiative to put up “e-classrooms” in schools that will convert traditional blackboards into digital boards where teachers and learners can play educational videos, presentations, and the like.

These efforts will be fulfilled in conjunction with the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) which aims to raise the information and communications technology (ICT) literacy of learners, teachers, and school heads by integrating ICT in the school system and providing information technology (IT) equipment to schools nationwide.

DepEd Computerization Program
In the same press conference, Usec. Pascua explained that all DCP units have offline version of learning materials which the learners and teachers may access in the absence of internet connectivity.

“Yung computers na idi-distribute, mayroon na yang nakapasok sa hard disk na offline version nung portal ng DepEd, may mga learning materials na rin po na naka-save doon. So kahit walang internet, mayroon na siyang resources kaagad na maa-access,” he elaborated.

Moreover, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya underscored the vital role of security personnel in ensuring the sound implementation of this program, which Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Eduardo Serapio Garado seconded.

“We are encouraging the local government units (LGUs) and the barangays to support DepEd in its desire to secure all these different ICT equipment which are to be delivered to schools. We will be issuing a memorandum circular to all the local government officials to provide schools with security personnel that will assist the school in securing these ICT equipment,” Malaya mentioned.

Garado ensured that the police community fully supports the program and will be active in handling cases of robbery of these DCP packages, if there will be such.

Both the DILG and PNP officials lauded the new mechanism developed by the Department which made the DCP-issued devices blue to indicate that the packages are government property and the possession of such outside of public schools can be grounds for prosecution.

Importance of ICT
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said that it is high time to train our children in the use of ICT systems, “This will further sharpen their analytical capacities, help them in solving problems, and keep them up with the demands of the world outside—whether it is university studies or the world of work.”

The Education chief further expressed her gratitude to all DepEd partners, civil society groups, and private sector and individuals, who are donating computers and are helping out in capacitating not only the learners but also the teachers and staff who are taking care of these computers packages.

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Jeepney driver in Bicol nabbed for gun ban violation



SORSOGON CITY (Bicol Standard) – A 41-year-old jeepney driver was arrested for violation of the gun ban at around 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Barangay Balete, Bacon District, this city.

The Sorsogon police said Edwin Mision de Torres, a resident of Barangay Balete, Bacon District, this city, was found to be in possession of one caliber .40 Taurus pistol bearing serial number SEP94049 with magazine inserted and loaded with 9 pieces of ammunition.

Upon his arrest, the suspect was informed of his rights, brought to Sorsogon City Police Station, where he remains as of this writing.

The barangay and SK poll gun ban started last Saturday, April 14, a month before the May 14 elections.
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Aspiring barangay, SK leaders urged to stand up for the environment


A waste and pollution watch group urged women and men aiming to become Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders to take up the cudgels on behalf of Mother Earth.

“We need grassroots leaders who will inspire and guide our communities to the cause of environmental conservation and protection and make sure that our ‘common home’ is cared for,” said Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“As front liners of public service, Barangay and SK leaders have a huge responsibility in making our neighborhoods clean, healthy and safe for everyone, especially for children who are most vulnerable to harm and illness,” he pointed out.

“We need public servants who will help in local government unit (LGU) enforcement of environmental laws and regulations that seek to protect our air, water, soil and our people against damaging and polluting activities,” he said.

One of these laws is Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, which emphasizes waste prevention, volume reduction, segregation at source, recycling and composting through the adoption of “best environmental practices in ecological solid waste management excluding incineration.”



As stated in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP for 2017-2022), “LGU compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act has been low and majority of local areas are still unserved by solid waste management (SWM)facilities or materials recovery facilities (MRFs).” According to the PDP, only 31.28 percent of barangays are covered by SWM facilities and 30.92 percent by MRFs below the 2016 targets of 67.39 percent and 77.10 percent, respectively.”


R.A. 9003 requires the establishment of MRFs or ecology centers in every barangay or cluster of barangays “to receive, sort, process and store compostable and recyclable materials efficiently and in an environmentally sound manner.”

“These MRFs have the potential to boost community-driven ecological waste management that will reduce hauling costs, conserve resources, prevent spillage of plastics to water bodies, and foster environmental values among the people,” Alejandre said.



“We hope that those running for the May 14 Barangay and SK polls do recognize the importance of enforcing R.A. 9003 in their localities and their role to get the law implemented,” he added.

The EcoWaste Coalition expressed its hope that contenders will address garbage and other pressing environmental concerns in their electoral platforms, and that voters will support pro-Mother Earth candidates at the ballot box come polling day.

Last Friday, the EcoWaste Coalition launched its campaign for waste-free Barangay and SK elections outside the headquarters of the Commission on Elections and in the presence of Commissioner Luie Tito Guia.

“As actions speak louder than words, we urge candidates to campaign in a manner that will not misuse resources, dirty the surroundings and cause damage to community health and environment,” the group said.
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Bicol Vulcans at Palarong Pambansa 2018

The Bicol Vulcans join the opening parade of the 61st Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. (Photo: Deped Region V)
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No need for biodata, campaign platform in COCs: Comelec


By Ferdinand Patinio

MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Sunday said there is no need for candidates in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to attach their biodata and campaign platforms in Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).

“It actually has no bearing in the filing of COCs. The Election Officer will accept the COC forms, with or without biodata (and) program of government,” Comelec posted on Twitter.

The clarification was issued after receiving queries if the poll body added new requirements in the filing of COCs.

The Comelec, however, noted that it would be better if poll aspirants who will file COCs will include such documents.

“This will help you in informing and educating voters in voting wisely come campaign period,” the Comelec added.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier urged Comelec to require barangay and SK bets to submit their biodata or resume.

Last Saturday, the poll body started the period of filing COCs for the village and youth polls, which will run until Friday, April 20.

COCs must be filed with the Office of the Election Officer that has jurisdiction over the barangay, where they are seeking office, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon advised would-be candidates to make sure that they are not members of any political party.

“Be aware: Candidates for barangay positions will sign Certificate of Candidacy that states they are not members of any political party, group, or coalition of parties,” she posted on Twitter.

Under Section 38 of the Omnibus Election Code, no person, who files a COC, shall represent or allow himself to be represented as a candidate of any political party or any other organization during the barangay and SK elections.

“They could be penalized in accordance with the provisions of the Omnibus Election Code, which is a criminal offense,” Guanzon added. (PNA)
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

China to hire 2K Filipino English teachers


By Ferdinand Patinio

MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment has signed a bilateral agreement with China for the hiring of 2,000 Filipino English teachers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agreement was signed during the visit of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to China this week.

“We have just signed a bilateral agreement with the Ambassador of China for the deployment of an initial 2,000 English teachers to China,” he said in a radio interview Friday.

Bello said that the monthly salary being offered is $1,200.

He noted that the bilateral agreement with Chinese government can be renewed after two years if the need arises.

“They (China) actually need 100,000 English teachers,” Bello said.

Early this year, Duterte said he is looking at China as an alternative destination for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Bello added that there are some 300,000 job opportunities, including musicians, nurses, teachers, cooks, household service workers, and caregivers, that could open up for OFWs.

Aside the job opportunities, Duterte brought home some $9 billion worth of investment pledges from China. (PNA)
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Catanduanes Rep. Sarmiento addresses General Assembly on PH actions on improving global road safety



NEW YORK, U.S.A. — Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento, Chairman of the Philippine House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation addressed the General Assembly earlier this week during the Plenary Meeting which adopted by consensus the resolution on "Improving global road safety." The Philippines co-sponsored the bi-annual resolution together with 71 other Member States, with the Russian Federation as the main sponsor.

"The Philippines wishes to express its solidarity with Member States in reducing global deaths and injuries from road crashes and providing access to safe, efficient and sustainable transport systems," Congressman Sarmiento said.

The resolution on "Improving global road safety" promotes the importance of reaching the road safety-related targets, such as target 3.6 under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims to halve, by 2020, the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

Since 1999, the Philippines has enacted seven (7) laws that address key risk factors that were identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), in support of the passage of evidence-based global road safety laws, including the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 and the Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016.

According to the United Nations, road traffic crashes are responsible for more than 1.3 million deaths each year, while estimates of the burden of non-fatal injuries range from 20 million to 50 million.

The Representative of the Lone District of Catanduanes and an active member of the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators also participated in the 25 Meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration at the UN Headquarters which commenced today upon the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The two-day meeting officially launched the UN Road Safety Trust Fund at a meeting led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed who urged all stakeholders to contribute to the Trust Fund and to step up their efforts to achieve global road safety targets. Every US$1,500 contributed to the Fund could save one life and prevent 10 serious injuries.

The Philippines recognizes the UN Road Safety Rust Fund to support progress towards achieving the road safety targets," Congressman Sarmiento stressed.

In their capacities as UN Member States and Observers. the European Union, Monaco, Luxembourg, Sweden (host of the 2020 High-Level Meeting on Global Road Safety), Oman, U.K (represented by Prince Michael of Kent, Patron of the Towards Zero Foundation), Australia, Moldova, Armenia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Nepal, Spain, Nigeria, Tanzania, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, delivered their respective interventions which expressed strong support for both the resolution and the establishment of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.

We put ourselves at the forefront together with the others to advance this goal in all its phases — politically, economically, socially and even culturally, for the sake of road safety," Congressman Sarmiento concluded.
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More LGUs to be charged over open dumps, waste law violations


By Catherine Teves

MANILA – The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) is set to file this year before the Ombudsman more cases against local government officials reportedly violating Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, such as those who allow open dumps in their communities.

"We want increased compliance with RA 9003 to help protect public health and the environment," said NSWMC Executive Director Eligio Ildefonso.

Ildefonso said the NSWMC is already validating more than 100 reports alleging various RA 9003 violations by several cities and municipalities nationwide.

"The validation will show if those reports are true, so we can file corresponding complaints against the erring LGUs (local government units)," he said.

The NSWMC, which is under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), targets to complete the validation by July this year.

Ildefonso said among the reported violations is the continuing operation of open dumps (ODs).
The environment official cautioned LGUs against maintaining ODs, saying RA 9003 has already banned them.

"No ODs shall be established and operated, nor any practice or disposal of solid waste by any person, including LGUs, which constitutes the use of open dumps for solid wastes, be allowed after the effectivity of this Act," RA 9003 reads.

RA 9003 also disallows ODs as final waste disposal areas. Solid waste is "all discarded household, commercial waste, non-hazardous institutional and industrial waste, street sweepings, construction debris, agricultural waste, and other non-hazardous/non-toxic solid waste," RA 9003 read.

Earlier, the NSWMC reported ODs nationwide except in Metro Manila. The reported sites are in the regions of Ilocos (23 ODs), Cagayan Valley (13 ODs), Central Luzon (31 ODs), Calabarzon (26 ODs), Mimaropa (4 ODs), Bicol (29 ODs), Western Visayas (21 ODs), Central Visayas (103 ODs), Eastern Visayas (44 ODs), Zamboanga (27 ODs), Northern Mindanao (27 ODs), Davao (1 OD), Soccsksargen (1 OD), Caraga (14 ODs), Cordillera Administrative Region (19 ODs), and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (1 OD).

Ildefonso reminded the LGUs to comply with RA 9003.

"Under RA 9003, LGUs are primarily responsible for implementing and enforcing this law within their respective areas of jurisdiction," he said.

He noted that RA 9003 requires segregation and collection of solid waste, particularly biodegradable, compostable, and reusable ones, at the village or barangay level.

"Collection of non-recyclable materials and special wastes shall be the responsibility of the municipality or city," RA 9003 also reads, adding such requirements are in line with relevant provisions of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.

The NSWMC first filed with the Ombudsman a set of cases against erring LGUs in 2016.
Ildefonso said the first batch of filed cases were against more than 50 cities and municipalities nationwide, implicating more than 100 local officials and other individuals.

Ildefonso said while waiting for the Ombudsman's decision on its first batch of complaints filed in 2016, the NSWMC prepare to file the new charges. (PNA)
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DILG, Comelec on guard against third-termer barangay officials running for the same post


With the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are on guard against third-termer barangay officials running for the same post which is prohibited by law.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said that under the Local Government Code, "no local elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position. Voluntary renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of service for the full term for which the elective official concerned was elected."

"The law is very clear regarding the prohibition of third termers to run for the same post. Do not file your candidacy if you will go beyond the third term, or consider running for another post. Better yet, let the others have their chance to become barangay leaders," Ano said.

Based on the submission of the 17 DILG Regional Offices as collated by the DILG National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), there are 8,927 third-termer incumbent punong barangays in the country and 51,273 third-termer sangguniang barangay members.

During a joint press conference with the Comelec and the National Youth Commission, DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the Department has already submitted to Comelec the names of incumbent punong barangays and sangguniang barangay members serving their third consecutive terms in office in the same position.

“This initiative of the DILG to be on guard of third-termer barangay officials is in line with Department’s commitment of support to an honest and clean elections,” said Malaya.

The DILG submitted the list of names to Comelec for review and clearance for posting in the Comelec website so it can be referred to by its election officers nationwide.

Malaya assured that once approved by Comelec, the DILG will also post the list in the Department’s website.

Meanwhile, Comelec Spokesperson Director James Arthur Jimenez said that the public posting of the names is for the assessment and approval of the Comelec en banc.

“There are some measures that have to be sorted out first. This initiative is very welcome and we will see what we can do. The point is to give as much information to the voting public as possible. Katulong niyo kami para sa ikabubuti ng mga botante natin,” Jimenez said.

Region 6 (Western Visayas) has the most third-termer punong barangays numbering 1,030 followed by Region 4-A (CALABARZON) with 936 and then Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) with 823.

Moreover, Region 4-A has the most number of third-termer sangguniang barangay members at 5,367 followed by Region 6 with 5,345 and then Region 8 with 5,320.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is on April 14 to 20, 2018. The election period is on April 14 to May 21 this year.


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DepEd utility worker, dakop sa buy bust sa Virac


LEGAZPI CITY 4/14/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) –Mayo nin karayaan an 57 anyos na utility worker sa kan Department of Education (DepEd)  sa Catanduanes, kaya siya nadakop liwat kan mga ahentes kan PDEA sa buy bust operation, kan sarong aldaw.
Si Nelson Camara, balo, residente Imperial Homes Subdivision sa Barangay San Isidro, Virac, Catanduanes, dinakop liwat kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), nin huli sa illegal possession of illegal drugs.
Sabi ni Chief Insp Josefino Titong Jr., si Camara dati nang nadakop kan Abril 30, kan sarong taon , sa pagbalga sa kan kapareyong ley.
Segun sa despacho kan pulis hale sa Virac, an suspechado nahulog sa kamot kan PDEA kan Jueves (Abril 11) sa laog kan tricycle, sa Barangay Gogon, Virac.
Nagluluwas sa record na si Camara dati nang i-kinunkon sa priso, sa laog nin pitong bulan, alagad nasa luwas kan carcel ta nag fianza.
Nag rason si Camara na an shabu na suboot nakua sa saiya sa buy bust operation, “planted” kan police na nag arrestar saiya.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

PO1 Napoles, kandidata kan Bicol sa Gandang Pulis 2018


LEGAZPI CITY 4/13/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Si PO1 Gersa Napoles, na miembro kan PNP Provincial Office sa Camarines Norte, an napili na mag representar kan PNP Region V, sa Gandang Pulis 2018.
Sabi ni P/Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, an spokesperson kan PNP Regional Office No. 5 an Gandang Pulis, sarong programa kan PNP na mawot ipaheling an talento asin gayon kan mga babaeng miembro kan police force, asin para makatabang sa pagpalakop kan advocasiya na ipig tutulod kan organisasyon.
Siring sa dati, sentro kan programang ini an pagbalangibog kan kamawotan na matawan nin magkakanigong protection asin respeto an derehos humanos kan mga kababaehan asin mga aki. Idinagdag pa digdi an pagtao nin protection sa mga kababaehan na pig kukulgan sa laog kan saindang harong.
Naghagad nin tabang an PNP Bicol na suportaran an si PO1 Napoles, na iyo an official na kandidata kan Bicol sa programang ini.
Para makatao nin suporta ki PO1 Napoles, hinahagad an tabang kan gabos na Bicolano na makamtam niya an People’s Choice Award.
An kandidata na may pinakadakul na shares asin likes makakarecibe nin special award.
Gigibohon an Grand Coronation Night sa Abril 23, 2018.
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Nag-iwal saka an misis, agom na lalaki naghugot


LEGAZPI CITY 4/13/10 (BICOL STANDARD) – Pinili kan lalaki na tapuson an saiyang buhay sa paagui kan pag bitay kan saiyang sadire sa laog kan saindang harong.
An pulis na nag-imbestigar kan incidente nagsabi na nakuang mayo na nin hinangos si Charles Manuel, 47 anyos, kan mag-abot an saindang grupo, sa Barangay Abas, Pilar, Sorsogon.
Ipinahayag kan imbestigador kan Municipal Police sa Pilar na an nakadiscubre kan bangkay kan victima iyo an saiyang agom na si Vilma, na iyo man an nag report sa pulis.
Pig dara man guiraray sa hospital si Manuel, pero ipig declarar nang mayo na nin buhay.
Mientrastanto, sa pag usisa kan mga awtoridad, nagluluwas na nagkaigwa nin hararom na dai pagka-intindihan an mag agom na sinda Charles asin Vilma, na nagresulta sa malanit na ribayan nin mga maharang na taramon.
Dai na nagka-ulian an boot kan duwa, kaya, pwedeng ini an rason kun nata tinapos na kan lalaki an saiyang buhay, por medio nin pagpatiwakal.
Sabi pa kan imbestigador, mayo sindang naheling na senyal na may ibang tawong naglaog sa saindang residencia, na pwedeng masahotan na tinuyo an pag-gadan.
Ipina autopsy man guiraray an bangkay ni Charles para sa masegurong mayong nangyaring bako siyang victima nin krimen.
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Dating CAFGU binira kan NPA sa Pasacao


NAGA CITY - 4/13/18 (BICOL STANDARD) – Lagarto an tama nin mga bala sa lawas ni Armando Paloma, dating miembro kan CAFGU, na binadil kasubagong aga, (Abril 13, Viernes), sa bukid na parte kan Barangay Balogo, Pasacao, Camarines Sur.
Segun sa despacho kan pulis, nangyari an incidenteng ini poco mas o menos alas 6:00 nin aga.
Nakaabot sa atensyon kan mga awtoridad an pangyayari sa paagui nin mensahe sa text, alas 8:20 na nin aga, kasubago.
An krimen isinasahot sa mga miembros kan rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) na aktibong nag ooperar sa nasambit na lugar.
Idinagdag sa report na an pulis asin mga miembros kan Philippine Army an nagpadara nin grupo sa pinangyarihan kan krimen tangani na mag imbestigar.
Mayo pa nin malinaw na motibo o rason kun tano ta ginadan si Paloma.
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P300,000 na shabu, dakop sa buy bust sa Naga City

Retrato hale sa PDEA Cam Sur
NAGA CITY 4/13/18 (Bicol Standard) -- An carculo kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Camarines Sur, maabot sa kantidad P300,000.00 an valor kan shabu na nacompiscar ninda sa buy-bust operation kasubagong alas 4:32 nin hapon.

Base sa report, an team kan PDEA pinanginotan ni Agent Vidal DC Bacolod, katuwang an Naga City Police Office, asin iba pa, sa lindong kan supervision ni PDEA Acting Regional Director Christian O. Frivaldo.

Na-arrestar ninda si Jerry Cornel y Agunos asin Axl Jordan Chavez y Coral, sa Zone 4, Barangay Triangulo, sa buy-bust operation na ini.

Nakua sa poder kan mga suspechado an 2ng pidasong heat sealed plastic bag asin 1 pidaso nin plastic sachet na may laog nin puti na pulbus,na pig tutubodan na shabu na may gabat na poco mas o menos 50 gramos.

Narecover man kan mga tawohan kan PDEA an ginamit na buy bust money na ginamit sa operasyon.

An mga suspechado yaon ngonian sa poder kan PDEA Camarines Sur para sa magkakanigong disposisyon.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nagtagaan sa Vinzons, CNorte, saro irido



VINZONS, CNorte – Maray ngani na bakong mortal an lugad sa takyag ni Alenn Trapalgar y Roxas, 43 anyos, pintor, kan siya tagaon ni Lorena Umerez y de Panes, 40 anyos na paraoma, na pareyo residentes kan Barangay Aguit-it, digdi.

Sabi kan mga imbestigador, mainit an diskusyon kan suspechado asin victima, nin huli sa haloy nang dai problema, na nagtundag sa pagtaga kan victima sa saiyang takyag.

Idinagdag kan mga imbestigador na duwang beses na tinaga si Trapalgar kan mangurol na sundang na gamit kan suspechado, kaya bakong hararom si mga lugad sa braso.

Pakatapos kan incidente, idinalagan sa  Labo District Hospital an victima.

An suspechado, sa ibong na lado, inarestar kan tanod sa barangay asin dinara sa hepatura kan pulis, tanganing imbistigaran.

Pwedeng sangatan nin magkakanigong caso an suspechado na pig iimbistigaran kan pulis.
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Comelec, may paguiromdom sa mga makandidato



LEGAZPI CITY – Mayo nin sisay man na interesadong magkandidato sa Barangay asin SK elections an sasayumahan kan Commission on Elections (Comelec), bastang sinda qualificado susog sa Election Code.

Ini an pahayag ni Atty. Annie Fortes, an Provincial Election Supervisor kan Albay, sa intrevista saiya kan mga miembros kan media.

Pig linaw kan nasambit na official na bakong kaolangan sa pag file nin Certificate of Candidacy (COC) kun an sarong makandidato napangaranan na imbuelto sa controversiya, kabale na an mga nasa listahan kan mga imbuelto sa ipig papangalad na bulong.

“An pinaka importante sa mga kandidato na sinda qualificado sa pwesto na saindang kakandidatohan. An pig babasehan kaini iyo an Codigo Electoral asin an ley sa election,” sabi pa niya.

“Kun mag dugang nin mga papel na nagbabandilyo kan saiyang kakayahan sa pag pugol kan pwesto na saiyang pig aapiraran, o na siya may matanos na record asin maray na plano, dugang na sana ini,” sabi pa.

Pinaguiromdom kan Commission on Elections na may malinaw na guidelines an saindang officina kan mga dapat complehon, na magkakanigo na reparohon kan makandidato.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PH pili nuts bag top prize in French food competition


by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced that Philippine food brand "Mount Mayon Volcanic Pili Nuts" bagged the top prize in a French food snack competition held at the Porte de Versailles on April 4.

The Filipino brand bested two competitors for the “dry savoury impulse products – self-service ready-to-eat products category,” during the Le Snacking D’Or 2018.

The Philippines has been testing the "acceptability of pili nuts" among some of the top pastry chefs and culinary institutions in the southern part of France, according to Jean Luc Sini, public relations consultant for the Mount Mayon Volcanic Pili Nuts, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center, the Commercial Section of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Paris.

The feedback has been "overwhelming", he noted.

"The award further confirms that the pili nut has vast potential in the discriminating palate of the French market," he added.

Sini said that the Mount Mayon brand, which is processed in a facility in the eastern part of the Philippines in Subic, may have also caught the attention of the voters because it is halal, kosher, vegan certified and non-GMO verified.

Les Snacking d'Or, an annual competition held in France, awards top food products from the world in the last three years.

The DFA said that only the top three entries made it for the final round of voting for the its "Produit d'impulsion secs sales" or the dried salted snacking category. (PNA)
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DILG conducts Citizen Satisfaction Index System anew to improve LGU performance


On its fourth year, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducts the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) anew to solicit citizen feedback for the improvement of local government unit (LGU) performance.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said that for the past years, CSIS has effectively aided in addressing the 'gaps' in LGU performance and helped improve local governance and it will continue to do the same on its fourth year.

"We hope to give a little nudge to LGUs as to how their constituents see their programs. Do these programs have a great impact on the lives of their constituents? What areas should they improve on? These are some of the questions the data collected from the CSIS initiative can answer," Ano explains.

The CSIS is a set of data tools and mechanisms designed to generate relevant citizens' feedback on the local governments' service delivery performance.

According to Ano, the CSIS is undertaken to help LGUs perform their mandate of ensuring the welfare of the citizens and to guide them on areas of improvement in the delivery of basic public service as provided by the Local Government Code of 1991.

"The CSIS is the voice of the people, and as what history tells us, the voice of the people remains to be the strongest opinion and sometimes the only opinion that matters for it conveys their perspective on issues that concern them," says Ano.

The CSIS targets 15 pre-determined LGUs belonging to the fourth tranche of chosen municipalities since 2016 using criteria such as their eligibility as beneficiary of the Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program for 2018; availability of Local Resource Institute/s (LRI/s) that shall provide research services; and a recipient of the Seal of Good Local Governance.

"With CSIS, we hope to provide selected LGUs which are also AM beneficiaries a more systematic and inclusive procedure of considering the current needs and persistent concerns of citizens," he said.

Among the 15 LGUs selected are the municipalities of Banaue, Ifugao; Bauang, La Union; Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya; Macabebe, Pampanga; Pagsanjan, Laguna; Ogiongan, Romblon; Juban, Sorsogon; and Culasi, Antique.

Included also are the municipalities of Alicia, Bohol; Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Dumalinao, Zamboanga Del Sur; Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; Kapalong, Davao Del Norte; Surallah, South Cotabato; and Carmen, Agusan Del Norte.

The DILG Secretary also said that results of CSIS will then be presented to the decision makers of the chosen LGUs through Utilization Conferences which shall involve initial identification of key development issues and possible interventions deemed to address these challenges as suggested by the result.

Implementation of CSIS began in March and will end in September 2018 in various utilization conferences.



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Año: Reintegration assistance ready for Reds who will lay down arms



With the revival of peace talks with the CPP-NDF-NPA, Department of the Interior and Local Government OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano assures the public that the DILG is ready to assist rebels who would lay down their arms. More than 2,000 former rebels have been assisted through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the DILG.

“The E-CLIP of the DILG is an investment for peace. It is the government’s way of opening its arms to former rebels and assisting them to return to normal, productive, and law-abiding way of life,” says Ano.

Just recently the President approved the release of almost half a billion pesos to support the E-CLIP, enough to support the more than 1,000 expected surrenderees for this year.

"We call on the families, relatives and friends of rebels to help us convince them to go down from the mountains and take this life-changing opportunity," he says.

For the past three years, the DILG has provided financial assistance to hundreds of former communist rebels who have returned to mainstream society. A total of P59.68-million has been utilized for immediate assistance to 471 former rebels, while 459 got livelihood assistance, 361 with reintegration assistance, and 132 were given firearm renumeration.

As of December 31, 2017, there are 2,082 former communist rebels enrolled in CLIP. 1,357 are in Mindanao, 448 in Luzon, and 277 in Visayas.

“I share the sentiment of the President that I hope this time the Communists will not waste this opportunity. Let this be THE peace talks that will lead to a peaceful, progressive Philippines. No more death of peace talks, no more people dying,” he points out.

The DILG Chief also assures full cooperation in the Task Force Balik-Loob created by the President through Administrative Order No. 10 to integrate government’s rebel-returnee assistance programs namely the DILG’s E-CLIP and Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP)’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program.

“The creation of the Task Force Balik-Loob signifies the administration’s genuine sincerity, readiness, and resolve to end this decades-old conflict. We make change happen and it is now,” says the former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff.

The E-CLIP facilitates the mainstreaming of former NPA rebels and Militia ng Bayan as productive citizens. The program also compensates and remunerates all turned-in firearms.

A former rebel gets an immediate assistance in the amount of P15,000 for mobilization expenses, livelihood assistance in the amount of P50,000, skills training, shelter and legal assistance, among others.

A financial assistance amounting to P5-million is provided per local government unit (LGU) for the construction of a halfway house which is a facility for former rebels that will house him/her while awaiting his/her enrolment to E-CLIP and shall serve as a venue in conducting rehabilitation and healing sessions, and education and skills training activities.

Forty-five million pesos has been spent on construction of halfway houses for rebel-surrenderees in nine provinces: Kalinga and Mountain Province, Masbate, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato.
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DepEd cancels assessment exam


By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the cancellation of the National Achievement Test for Grade 12 completers (NAT 12).

In an advisory released on Wednesday through Regional Testing Coordinator Dr. Angie Buaron, DepEd said NAT 12, which is scheduled on April 12, has been cancelled until further notice.

Senior High School (SHS) institutions nationwide were given a copy of the advisory through their respective division offices.

University of Santo Tomas and Xavier University were among the few Senior High School institutions that have already announced the cancellation through their social media accounts.

DepEd has yet to release an official statement regarding NAT12's cancellation.

NAT12 is one of two assessment tests that the DepEd planned to conduct this summer. The other is the Basic Education Exit Assessment (BEEA) scheduled in May.

It aims to evaluate the system of implementation of the K to 12 program, as well as assess what Grade 12 completers have learned, but not with a "pass or fail" standard.

NAT12 was supposed to be done through "random sampling" of schools while BEEA is "mandatory to all SHS graduates" in both public and private schools, according to DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Lorna Dig-Dino's previous announcement. (PNA)

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4 Reds killed, 5 others captured in 2-day clash in CamSur


By Saul Pa-a

CAMP GEN. NAKAR, Lucena City – Three members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorist group were killed while five others were captured by government troops during an armed skirmish around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday in Bato, Camarines Sur.

Earlier on Monday, an NPA rebel was also killed in an encounter with the military in Barangay (village) Gubat in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

Lieutenant General Danilo Pamonag, commander of the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) based in this camp said military troops from the 83rd Infantry Battalion (83rd IB) engaged the outlawed terrorist group in an hour-long gun battle on Tuesday, killing three NPA rebels and captured five other members.

Pamonag said two of the five NPA captives who were wounded were given medical treatment.

He reported that there were no casualties on the government side.

He said the government troops also recovered the terrorists’ three M16 rifles as the military’s pursuit operations are ongoing.

According to Pamonag, “although SOLCOM supports President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s intention to resume peace talks, the military troops under SOLCOM operating in Southern Tagalog and Bicol will still perform their mandate to protect the people.”

He added that the troops’ concern for their fellow Filipinos and respect for human rights are to be commended.

This, he said, was demonstrated when one of the wounded rebels had almost died but the military doctors did their best to treat and revive him.

Pamonag also reported that the 83rd IB troops’ clash with the NPA terrorist group in Barangay Gubat in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur around 8:40 a.m. on Monday prompted the rebels to retreat, leaving behind their dead comrade in arms.

The government troops recovered an M14 at the battle site.(PNA)
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DA Bicol turns over P2M cacao processing facility to local cacao growers



BINANUAANAN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – This is a dream come true! Said Edison Petallo, amidst the welling of his tears as he accepts, in behalf of the Binanuaanan Farmers Community Development Association Inc. (BFCDA), the P2 Million worth Cacao Processing Facility from the Department of Agriculture, during its blessing, inauguration and turn over on April 6, 2018.

The DA Bicol through the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) recently completed the construction of the processing facility and turned it over to the BFCDA in this municipality. Edison Petallo, the association president said the establishment of the processing center is the long awaited dream of the association as it can only apply for License to Operate and product registration from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if they have a processing center.

Rosita Imperial, regional HVCDP coordinator said the facility is a first in Camarines Sur, and will be equipped with cacao roaster, grinder, pulverizer and vacuum sealer. Fermentation boxes will also be provided to produce quality fermented cacao beans to improve the quality of dark chocolate or tablea. The facility will create additional jobs and value adding activities. Fermenting dried cacao beans for only five days will increase its selling price to P150 from only P30 selling price of fresh cacao beans. The DA HVCDP will also provide trainings on new technology in cacao processing for the association. A multi commodity solar dryer will also be established adjacent to the cacao processing facility as the 310 sq. meters Choco Farm is also a haven to organic vegetables and other crops. In the past years, the DA has conducted some trainings on Good Agricultural Practices for cacao and gabi for the members of the BFCDA. A seedling nursery was also provided to the association.

The BFCDA is an agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO) organized and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009. Currently, it has 103 members coming from the 11 barangays of Pili, namely Binanuaanan Sur, New Binanuaanan, La Purisima, Binobong, Palestina, Caroroyroyan, Sto. Nino, Bagong Sirang, Curry, San Jose and Del Rosario. Some 37 of them are cacao growers and 25 members (19 of whom are women) will focus on cacao production and processing.

Petallo said they have been processing cacao food products in the individual households of the members since 2013. The group of 25 started from the initial P5,000 capital collected from the members. Now they are processing 40 kilos cacao beans processed into different food products such as sweetened and unsweetened tablea de cacao; tablea candy in pouch; semi-sweet tablea in muscovado; chocolabat; choco-meric ice cream; and empanaditas de cacao. They also process other food products such as extra strong instant salabat with turmeric and pandan; 10-in-1 instant salabat; sugar coated pili nuts; peanut butter; kapeng barako; banana and sweet potato chips; atchara and dried gabi leaves which they process out of 150 kilos fresh harvests every 15 days.

These food products are being sold in Pasalubong Centers in Pili and Naga City under the label B-Farm Products in various attractive packaging achieved with the aid of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mayor Tomas Bongalonta expressed hope that with the establishment of the cacao processing facility, and with the existing 20 hectares cacao plantation in Pili, his town will soon be the center of cacao industry in the province and even in the region.

Other national government agencies that have been supporting the BFCDA have pledged additional support to the group. Mary Ann Palmero who represented the Cam. Sur provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry has invited the BFCDA to bring their products to trade fairs, particularly in the upcoming international trade fair. The DTI has also been instrumental in the creation of the mandatory information in the B-Farm products label – the nutrition facts of cacao. President Petallo has also attended 10-sessions of Kapatid Mentor Me Program of the DTI.

Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology provincial office represented by Pat Felizmenio, committed to provide trainings on food safety and good manufacturing practices in preparation for their application for FDA certifications.

Department of Agrarian Reform provincial office representative Gay Labad on the other hand lauded the BFCDA especially Petallo for their sheer determination and persistence to achieve the goals of the association. After the organization of the BFCDA in 2009, the DAR has been providing them the needed trainings and production support. Recently, the association has been identified as site for Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty in Camarines Sur. “Ang makusog na organisasyon, namamakyaw nin proyekto sa gobyerno,” said Labad.

Also present during the inauguration were the members of the BFCDA; Binanuaanan Bgy. Captain Marcelo Buscargas; Pili Municipal Agriculturist Damaso Olivares; DA APCO Nena Adupe who represented DA Bicol RTD for Operations Rodel P. Tornilla.

Pili is a first class municipality and the capital of the province of Camarines Sur. Composed of 26 barangays, it is one of the towns comprising the metropolitan area of Metro Naga, serving as the center for agro-industrial development. (Lovella P. Guarin / photos by Raymond Adversario)

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